Move to abolish contract system from Jang/News hailed

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) has hailed announcement by Chief Executive of Jang Group, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman to launch a welfare scheme for journalists as well as regularising the services of contract employees.

KhUJs also appreciated Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman for his commitment to withdraw intra-court appeal in Lahore High Court (LHC) against a judgement by the LHC wherein the court declared Sixth Wage Board Award for the newspaper industry workers as legal and lawful.

In a statement, both the factions of KhUJ, Barna and Dastoor, paid tributes to Mr Shakil-ur-Rahman for making the announcement and said that it reflected that despite being in the woods, the Jang Group chief executive kept the problems of the journalists community close to his heart.

Our Abbottabad correspondent adds: Council of All Pakistan Press Club (CPPC), the representative body of press clubs of the country has hailed the announcement of Editor-in-Chief Jang/News Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman to abolish the contract system from Jang Group of newspapers.

In a joint statement CPPC president Kosar Naqvi and general secretary, Nasir Waheed have termed the decision historic and stated that thousands of working journalists in all the four provinces and AJK will be benefited from the decision. They further stated that entire journalist community specially the CPPC beside all regional correspondents were demanding abolition of contract system since long. Meanwhile Hazara Union of Journalist has announced strike on the call of PFUJ and APNEC on Tuesday. President HUJ Sardar Abrar Rashid asked all the journalist, intellectuals, jurists and NGOs to participate in the protest meeting to be held at Press Club Abbottabad at 2. pm. He condemned the victimisation of Jang Group and demanded immediate halt to use of strong arm tactics against the press by the government.

The News International Pakistan